Ghost Story Inspired by a trip to Trinidad Colorado

Patricia Ann Reid published her first novel called Sean’s Secret Room: Ghostly Guide to an Old West Town. This captivating story was inspired by a stay in Trinidad, Colorado where Pat experienced a ghost-like presence. Pat shared all about her adventures in Trinidad, as well as the history of the town and how it inspired her novel.

About the Book

Sean?s Secret Room Ghostly Guide to an Old West Town Sean, an eleven-year-old boy, discovers a secret room in a 100-year-old house in Trinidad, Colorado. He meets a ghost named Nicholas there, who proposes to take Sean back in time to the year 1907 in Trinidad. return, Sean agrees help to find a lost teddy bear. Nicholas? and Sean’s adventures take them in a carriage through a flood to a picnic, where Sean learns about playing mumblety peg. At Nicholas? school, exciting dime novels win out over McGuffey’s Reader. Playing hooky from school with mischievous Nicholas, the boys visit a soda fountain and nickelodeon in town. A ride on a trolley to see President Theodore Roosevelt speak to unhappy coal miners has a surprising outcome. And the lost teddy bear? Read and find out!

To learn more about Pat or to purchase a copy of her book  here on her webpage

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New Elk Mine Public Hearing in Trinidad March 25th

Cañon City, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management will hold a public hearing in Trinidad to receive comments on the draft New Elk Coal Lease Application Environmental Assessment (EA).  The hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the La Quinta Inn, Toupal Drive, Trinidad, Colorado 81082.

The BLM Royal Gorge Field Office has released a draft EA on a proposed coal lease by New Elk Coal Company, LLC located approximately 26 miles west of Trinidad, Colorado, to the north of Las Animas County Road 12 and north of the Purgatoire River.  Drafts of the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact, Geologic Engineering and Maximum Economic Recovery documents will be available for public review at the hearing.  They are also available on the Royal Gorge Field Office website at (scroll to NEPA #DOI-BLM-CO-200- 2009-0018).

Written requests to testify orally at the public hearing should be received by the BLM Royal Gorge Field Office by 12:00 p.m., March 25, 2010.  Those who indicate they wish to testify when they register at the hearing may have an opportunity if time is available.

In addition, the public is invited to submit written comments concerning the fair market value and maximum economic recovery of the coal resource.  Public comments will be used in establishing fair market value for the coal resource in the described lands.  Comments should address specific factors related to fair market value including, but not limited to:
1.  The quality and quantity of the coal resource.
2.  The price that the mined coal would bring in the market place.
3.  The cost of producing the coal.
4.  The interest rate at which anticipated income streams would be discounted.
5.  Depreciation and other accounting factors.
6.  The mining method or methods which would achieve maximum economic recovery of the coal.
7.  Documented information on the terms and conditions of recent and similar coal land transactions in the lease area, and
8.  Any comparable sales data of similar coal lands.

Written comments will be accepted through April 12, 2010. Written comments may be submitted by mail to BLM-RGFO, New Elk Coal Lease, 3028 E. Main St., Cañon City, CO 81212, or email to [email protected] (please type New Elk Coal Lease in the subject line), or fax to Melissa Smeins at 719-269-8599.  For more information call Melissa Smeins at 719-269-8523.

Colorado Statewide Fishing Regulations Review

The Colorado Fishing Explorer posted on their blog about the Colorado Department of Wildlife’s upcoming review of their statewide regulations. There will be a meeting here in Trinidad Colorado also on:

April 26, Trinidad Jr. College Sullivan Center, 600 Prospect St., Trinidad, 7 p.m.

Here is part of their post

Over the last couple weeks the Colorado Division of Wildlife has made several press releases concerning the 5-year review of statewide fishing regulations and “Angler Roundtable” meetings. DOW is actively seeking angler input on fishing regulations and their management practices.

Rest assured I will heed the call. There are a number of issues that I feel strongly about and will be voicing my opinion. For example, several states have mandatory “kill’ laws on their books for undesirable species. Simply if you catch one, legally you cannot release it back into the water. And undesirable is a management perspective. On the Green River in Utah, from below Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the confluence of the Colorado, it is illegal to release smallmouth bass. I think Colorado needs to adopt the same stance in a few cases throughout the state, Trappers Lake and brook trout is one such example.

I would hope that each and every one of you takes to the time to attend one of the angler round tables between now and the end of April (those announced are listed below, more to follow). At the very least, shoot an email to one of the biologists listed here and express your views. Don’t just be vocal on the forum and with your fishing buddies, make yourself heard with the DOW. They need and deserve your input.

Meeting times/locations announced as of March 20, 2010

March 23, at Coco’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn Express in Cortez, 6-9 pm
March 30, at the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center, Gunnison County Fairgrounds, 6-9 pm
March 31, at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, 6-9 pm
April 13, National Mining Museum, 120 W. 9th Street, Leadville, 6:30 p.m.
April 20, Division of Wildlife, 4255 Sinton Rd., Colorado Springs, 6:30 p.m.
April 21, Thyme Square Soup & Salad, 302 Colorado Ave., LaJunta, 7 p.m.
April 22, Division of Wildlife, 2500 S. Main St., Lamar, 7 p.m.
April 26, Trinidad Jr. College Sullivan Center, 600 Prospect St., Trinidad, 7 p.m.
April 27, Cliff Lanes Bowling Alley, 25 Main St., Westcliffe:, 7 p.m.
April 28, Pueblo State Parks Auditorium, 640 Reservoir Rd., Pueblo 7 p.m.

Comments on regulations can be submitted to:
Statewide issues, Dave Chadwick, (303)291-7174, [email protected];
Southwest Region, John Alves, (719)587-6907, [email protected];
Northwest Region, Sherman Hebein, (970)255-6186, [email protected];
Southeast Region, Doug Krieger, (719)227-5202, [email protected];
Northeast Region, Ken Kehmeier, (970)291-4350. [email protected].

This article was posted on the Colorado Fish Explorer Website and if you are interested in fishing in Colorado you will find this an excellent resource! Check them out.

Finally the EPA to Study Contamination from Gas Well Fracking

Recently reported in this article by Dow Jones Newswires in Fox News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday launched a study to determine whether a key oil and natural gas production technique called hydraulic fracturing is contaminating water supplies.

While environmentalists are concerned that the process may be causing groundwater contamination and are calling for federal oversight, the industry says there is no proof and it is already adequately regulated.

At issue are new natural-gas reservoirs deep below the earth’s surface that companies such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. (CHK: 23.76, 0, 0%) and XTO Energy Inc. (XTO: 47.5, 0, 0%) say could multiply the available domestic reserves of a resource that has a fraction of the greenhouse-gas emissions of its fossil fuel cousins, coal and oil.

“Our research will be designed to answer questions about the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing on human health and the environment,” said Paul Anastas, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “The study will be conducted through a transparent, peer-reviewed process, with significant stakeholder input,” he said in a statement.

Facing increasing pressure from some Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists, the EPA said in its proposed budget earlier this year it planned to conduct a study of the process.

Previous studies by the EPA–including one review of the process for coalbed methane extraction at much shallower levels–haven’t found hydraulic fracturing carries a risk of water contamination.

Although the states regulate the actual process of hydraulic fracturing–known as fracking–the EPA already regulates the waste-water systems that either re-inject it into reservoirs or send it to waste-treatment facilities.

Last month, Steve Heare, director of the EPA’s Drinking Water Protection Division, said at a conference he hadn’t seen any documented cases that the fracking process was contaminating water supplies.

Bill Kappel, a U.S. Geological Survey official, said at the same conference that contamination of water supplies is more likely to happen as companies process the waste water from hydrofracking. In some instances, municipal water systems that treat the water have reported higher levels of heavy metals and radioactivity.

“Treatment of the [waste] water hasn’t caught up with the hydrofracking technology,” Kappel said.

Although legislation in the House and Senate to bring greater federal oversight of the hydrofracking process hasn’t gained momentum, Heare said even if such proposals are approved, it wouldn’t likely have a dramatic effect on regulation. States would still have the right under the Safe Drinking Water Act to use their own regulatory standards.

If you have had an experiences with your water well being contaminated by hydraulic fracturing or as it is better known as “fracking” please post your comments here and by all means contact the EPA. The problem with fracking is that there are chemicals used by the oil and gas industry that they do not disclose.

In this area of Southern Colorado our ground water is from underground streams, cracks and fizzures, anything underground that will hold water, and if your water well is connected to the source that they are fracking then these chemicals will be in your water well immediately, not next year or 20 years from now. And since our water wells for drinking water are not tested on a daily or frequent basis we could be drinking contaminated water for a long time before we realize it.

The common rebuttal is that the gas wells are not in the same under ground streams as our drinking water but yet there are cases of domestic water wells having their covers blown off and water spewing out of them for a day or two at a time while they were drilling a gas well a quarter of a mile or more away. They are connected in many ways and there is no one protecting us from this contamination, seems that everyone is looking the other way.

It’s time that this stopped and that the extraction of methane gas be done in a more responsible manner so that we are not looking back in a few years and regretting what has happened. We need the Oil and Gas to be good neighbors and to be proactive in protecting those of us that live where they are drilling.

Water is too precious and we all know how precious it is in Colorado yet every day millions of gallons of water just in the western part of Las Animas County are removed from the ground and disposed of. Any idea on how long it will take to replenish that ground water? Not to mention the saline and other high concentrations of dissolved solids and minerals that are being brought to the surface in addition to the chemicals used in fracking.

The consensus should be that you can take the gas that you have the rights too but you can not contaminate or remove our water or put your gas wells in our best or only building sites or have noisy generators running 24/7 next to our homes. It’s already too late for many that live here but it’s time to stop and do what is right. And what is right is not just about how much money can be made as the gas companies “Rape the Oil Field” in our backyard.

UFO’s in Las Animas County? Cattle Mutilated

There have been numerous cases reported in Southern Colorado of cattle mutilations, cattle with their sex organs removed, in the last few decades and Las Animas County has had their share. These yet unexplained happening are very mysterious to say the least. I have personally seen some of these cattle and what is first apparent is that the buzzards and crows will not touch these dead cows. I have seen bald eagles show up within hours of a dead animal dying to feed on the carcass but they won’t touch these mutilated cows that have had their organs removed. And they seem to take a really long time to decompose also.

Check out this video posted on YouTube

So is it aliens doing this? or a secret government operation….who knows but it sure is interesting why this would be happening. Just one of the mysteries of Southern Colorado.

Have you seen any of these mutilated cows yourself?


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Good News for the Perry Stokes Airport

According to this article in the Pueblo Chieftain the Perry Stokes Airport here in Las Animas County near Trinidad, Colorado is going to receive some federal funds.

TRINIDAD — The Perry Stokes Airport in Las Animas County will receive federal funding for the rehabilitation of one of its runways.

U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo., announced Friday that the airport, east of Trinidad, will receive $225,000 in federal funds for the rehabilitation of its main runway.

The pavement maintenance will include re-marking the runway and will extend the useful life of the pavement to preserve the capacity of the airport.

Salazar, who is a pilot, said in a press release that the funds will help make needed repairs at the Perry Stokes Airport so the facility can maintain its commitment to airport safety.

“As a pilot I’m well aware of the need to develop our rural air-service infrastructure. I’m glad to support this effort, and I will continue to support efforts to maintain the safety of our transportation system and create jobs,” Salazar said.   Las Animas County Deputy Administrator Leslee Fresquez said the contribution by the FAA is important to Las Animas County’s continuing effort to ensure airport-patron safety.

Fresquez said the funding is coming down as an annual federal entitlement that general aviation airports get each year.

“Congress has decided to appropriate about half the money to each airport. We are hoping for a total of $450,000 that we will be able to utilize this spring and summer to rehabilitate the runway,” Fresquez said.

“We are very appreciative at the funding we are receiving, but we are hopeful that we will get a second allocation.”

Las Animas County Commissioner Jim Montoya said the airport is in serious need of rehabilitation.

“This is one of the first steps in fixing our airport. We want to make this airport more self-sufficient, and this paving project will help,” Montoya said.

The airport was built in 1936 as part of the Works Progress Administration project.

In recent years, a major repaving project brought a new taxiway and a new tie-down area that county officials say affords more safety in the refueling area.

The airport sees about 250 aircraft operations each month.

The 7th Annual Trinidad Area Local Artists Show starts April 15th

You are in for a treat if you have not visited the Annual Trinidad Area Local Artists Show in Trinidad Colorado. The show starts on April 15th and runs through April 30th and is at the Corazon Gallery.

For more information contact the Corazon Gallery at 719-846-0207 or Trish Keck at 719-859-7702.

For those of you that don’t know Trinidad Colorado boasts some of the best acclaimed artists in the Southwest and we have a large artists community. Come and enjoy our local art and artists in Trinidad on April 15-30th.

Wyoming Ranchers win dispute over CBM discharge water

One of the biggest local concerns from the Methane Gas Industry in Las Animas County is not just the millions of gallons of water that is removed from the ground it is also the quality of this water. Much of this water is “disposed of” on our county roads as “dust control” and it drys up quickly here but that water has salts and maybe large amounts of total dissolved solids that then wash down into those properties bordering the county roads damaging their crops and soil. At least some western states are taking a stand to stop this unfortunately here in Las Animas county only a hand full of residents are fighting this and they need help….check out this story from our neighboring state of Wyoming.

The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council has sided with a ranching couple who contested a discharge permit for coalbed methane water that was issued by the state.

A landowner group says the ruling could have important implications for Wyoming’s large coalbed methane industry, though state officials expressed doubt that Thursday’s vote would have a wide-ranging effect.

The council sided 4-2 with Marge and Bill West, who contested a permit held by Stephens Energy Co. The Wests have lost 100 acres of haymeadow and 200 cottonwood trees because of salt buildup from coalbed methane water flowing across their Powder River Basin property, said the couple’s attorney, Kate Fox, of Cheyenne.

The Wests argued that the state Department of Environmental Quality issued the permit last year using rules since criticized as unscientific by the Environmental Protection Agency and by consultants for the state.

About 170 of the 1,000 or so active water discharge permits in the Powder River Basin have been granted under the rules. Thursday’s ruling in theory could open the way for more permits to be contested.


Any appeal from the Environmental Quality Council would go to District Court.

Coalbed methane wells pump water out of saturated coal deposits, depressurizing the groundwater not unlike opening a soda bottle. Methane gas condenses out of the groundwater and is pumped out.

Millions of gallons of byproduct groundwater has been discharged on the surface in the Powder River Basin, which as of 2008 ranked as the nation’s 16th most productive gas area.

Read the entire article here

Time to Recycle in April in Trinidad Colorado

APRIL RECYCLING EVENT in Trinidad Colorado

Sponsored by the City of Trinidad and ReGroup
Friday, April 23, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m.–noon
Waste Connections
2600 Freedom Road
With the newer single-stream recycling, all items are collected in the same bin and thus can be stored in your home without separating. Empty and rinse all containers but do not flatten. Only cardboard boxes should be flattened. No need to remove container labels, paper clips, stamps, address labels, staples, tape, wire, metal fasteners, rubber bands, spiral bindings, plastic tabs. Envelopes are now accepted except for orange/brown envelopes (such as manila envelopes).
Items accepted
White or pastel office paper, file folders, egg cartons (no Styrofoam), paperboard boxes such as for cereal and crackers, paper bags, milk/juice cartons (no foil pouches), paperback books, phonebooks, magazines and catalogs, brochures, blueprints, newspapers and inserts (no bags), junk mail and greeting cards, corrugated cardboard and cardboard boxes (flatten).
#1-7 plastic bottles and jars (no caps) and tubs. No microwave trays. No compostable cups; these are usually made from corn but look like plastic.
Bottles and jars, all colors.
Clean, balled aluminum foil (2” or larger) and pie pans. (Put your aluminum cans in the boxes around town to benefit Habitat for Humanity or take them to the rehab center to benefit its operations.)
Steel/tin cans Empty aerosol cans (no caps) Loose metal lids and steel bottle caps

NO plastics not listed; no plastic bags, bottle and jar caps, microwave trays, 6-pack holders, needles or syringes. NO shredded paper, paper ream wrappers, tissues, paper towels, napkins, waxed paper or waxed cardboard, hardback books, orange or brown envelopes, frozen food containers, paper to-go containers. NO mirrors, light bulbs, plates or vases, drinking glasses, window glass. NO hazardous or biohazardous waste. NO stickers or sheets of address labels. NO Styrofoam. NO ceramics or Pyrex.
Questions? Call ReGroup at 719-845-8218